A Model State Capitol (1885), by Frank Opel

"Time and tempest felled it at last; but it blooms here in marble still, its name is preserved throughout the city as the distinguishing mark of divers stores, shops, and companies; and a pretty marble slab, like a grave stone, in Charter Oak Place inadequately marks where the original flourished until 1856. In Bushnell Park (named after that eminent theologian, the late Dr. Horace Bushnell, who was the chief promoter of this public pleasure ground) there is a couple of Charter Oaks junior, sprung from its fruit; and 'certified' acorns, possibly taken from these younger trees, but supposed to have grown upon the parent, have been worth their weight in gold at charity fairs. Across the Connecticut, leading to East Hartford, stretches a covered bridge one thousand feet long, and taking up in its construction a corresponding quantity of timber. Mark Twain, showing some friends about, told them that bridge also was built of wood from the Charter Oak."

The Menace of Mechanical Music, by John Philip Sousa

"It is at the fireside that we look for virtue and patriotism; for songs that stir the blood and fire the zeal; for songs of home, of mother, and of love, that touch the heart and brighten the eye. Music teaches all that is beautiful in this world. Let us not hamper it with a machine that tells the story day by day, without variation, without soul, barren of the joy, the passion, the ardor that is the inheritance of man alone."

Old Campus night owls acquire gate-climbing skills, by Meredith Hobbs

"The first time you climb High Street Gate marks a new phase of your life at Yale that can be most accurately described as the 'late-night phase.' Yale Police lock the gate at 12:30 a.m. on weeknights, which seals off all access to Old Campus except for Phelps Gate, directly across the Green."

WEAR A MASK and Save Your Life! — Doctors wear them. Those who do not wear them get sick. The person who will not wear a mask now is a dangerous slacker.

"'To Prevent Influenza! Do not take any person's breath. Keep the mouth and teeth clean. Avoid those that cough and sneeze. Don't visit poorly ventilated places. Keep warm, get fresh air and sunshine. Don't use common drinking cups, towels, etc. Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze. Avoid worry, fear and fatigue. Stay at home if you have a cold. Walk to your work or office. In sick rooms, wear a gauze mask like in illustration.' Published 3 times a week. Subscription 40 cents per week. Illustrated Current News, Inc., 902 Chapel Street, New Haven, Conn."

The Days of Real Sport — Spanish influenza and World War I, in American newspapers

"Those gauzy masks the barbers wear — what but the flu has put them there? Now, if the thing be handled rightly, the curb applied a bit more tightly, the flu be thanked! We solve that puzzle; how fit the barber with a muzzle. The mask that stops that fell ker-choo shall still the fluent barber, too."

The only handwritten draft of the Bill of Rights, by Roger Sherman

"A handwritten working draft of the Bill of Rights — the only such document known to exist — has been found and identified in the most likely of places: the Library of Congress. This early draft was written by Representative Roger Sherman of Connecticut on an unknown date in July 1789 while the first Congress was meeting in New York. Sherman, a longtime judge of the Connecticut Superior Court who became a Senator in 1791, served with Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin on the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence. He was the only framer to sign all three original founding documents — the Declaration, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution."

James Beard, Passionately — by Jane and Michael Stern

"He is the patriarch of American gastronomy, responsible more than anyone for raising our food consciousness, yet he never took a cooking class in his life. Worse, he's not even solemn about what he does. James Beard has, for all his life, been devoted to the proposition that cooking should be fun."

National Archives, Founders Online: To John Adams from Roger Sherman, 20 July 1789

"If the President alone was vested with the power of appointing all officers, and was left to select a council for himself he would be liable to be deceived by flatterers and pretenders to Patriotism, who would have no motive but their own emolument. They would wish to extend the powers of the executive to increase their own importance, and however upright he might be in his intentions, there would be great danger of his being misled, even to the subversion of the constitution, or at least to introduce such evils as to interrupt the harmony of the government & deprive him of the confidence of the people. "

Good Food at The Place, by Gloria and Jacques Pepin

"'There is no place just like this place anywhere near this place. For this must be The Place.' So said the sign on 'Whitey's restaurant' years ago. The sign is still there but now Whitey's is called The Place. It looks like a private outdoor party or a friendly country fair, convivial and joyous, relaxed, lots of fun, but it isn't private. It is a roadside restaurant, or rather an outdoor roast restaurant."